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We had an absolutely perfect day with our tour guide - Rogin Luo - who took us for a hike along The Great Wall! Didn't know what to expect and were thrilled to have him as our guide. Very imformative, knowledgable and fun! We go to experience a part of The Great Wall that was unrestored and see all its natural beauty. Got a long history lesson along the way!

After the hike, we all went to lunch at a small place at the bottom of the hill. Located in a house, we ate lunch in the proprietors bedroom! What a hoot! Rogin is the Best of the Best! This tour company delivered for us and we are extremely grateful.

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Beijing Airport Express Train

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When you arrive at Beijing Capital International Airport ( Beijing's only international airport), basically you have several choices of quickly moving into the city center of Beijing from the airport - Beijing Airport Shuttle Bus, Beijing Airport Taxi, Beijing Airport Private Transfer and Beijing airport express train.

Taking an airport express train is no doubt one of the fastest and the cheapest. This short article provides you some practical information on Beijing airport express trains.

Beijing Airport Transfer
Where to take the airport express train?
Beijing capital airport has three terminals - T3, T2 and T1. The express train starts from T3, then move on to T2, stop at Sanyuanqiao and gets to its final stop - Dongzhimen ( totally four stops). The express train terminal at T3 is located on the second floor, south of the main building and linked by a walking corridor. After arriving at Beijing capital airport on the second floor (arrival floor), you just walk from the exit hall on the second floor, then walk south to the express train terminal.

T3 Sign for Express Train on the arrival floor

The express train terminal at T3 is a huge platform covered by beamless transparent dome.

Purchase a ticket

Passing through the turnstiles

Wait for an express train at an interval of 12 minites

The terminal for the express trains at T2 is on the underground or B2 level of T2. T1 has no terminal or stop. Actually T2 and T1 are linked by a 5-minites's walkin corridor. When you arrive at T1, you may simply walk to T2 and start yor express train ride.

Beijing Airport Express Train Route
The Airport Express Train Line is an 28 kilometres elevated Metro line that linking the Beijing Capital International Airport with Beijing's urban center. Now as mentioned above, the express line has only four stops - T3, T2, Sanyuanqiao and Dongzhimen. See: How to Take Beijing Subway.

T3 - T2 - Sanyuanqiao - Dongzhimen

The Airport Express Train Line is an 28 kilometres elevated Metro line

Express Train Fare and Ticket
RMB 25 for single ride no matter which stop you get on or off. If you want to go from T3 to T2, it is better to use the free ferry buses running between the two terminals. The back side tickets show the express train route.

Your ticket will be collected by the machine at the turnstiles. But they have a paper receipt if you need to reimburse on a business trip.

On the express trains
The express train is clean and bright. After all, the train is built in a personalized style, luxury and comfortable. It is spacious with wide corridors. In each car, there is a TV set broadcasting sports and performances.

The car is spacious.

The car is clean and comfortable

The TV set broadcasts sports and performances

Operation Hours
The Airport Express trains operates at the speed of up to 100 km per hour. A single trip from T3 to Dongzhimen takes 20 minutes. The Airport Express train is faster than airport shuttle buses (RMB16) and cheaper than taxi (about RMB 100).

Operation time for each stop:
T3: 06: 20 - 22: 50
T2: 06: 35 - 23: 10
Dongzhimen: 06: 00 - 22: 30

Interval: 12 minutes

Interchange between Express Train and Subway lines in Beijing
When you get to the final stop - Dongzhimen Station, you can interchange for Subway Line 2 and 13. For basic knowledge on Beijing Subway, please visit the page of how to take subway in Beijing.

If you get off at the stop of Sanyuanqiao, you can interchange for Subway Line 10.

Interchange for Subway Line 2 at Dongzhimen

Come up to the ground at Dongzhimen Station

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